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Recently I tried to have some high resolution scans done of some 35mm portraits that I took earlier this year. My goal was to be able to scan and reproduce (in print) some of the nude portraits I shot earlier this year. This proved to be impossible at home, as my photos are dry-mounted to foam core, the board does not lay on my scanner flat, and my scanner does not have options for high-res photo scans. (Scans from the negatives would not help either, due to some of the manipulations I performed in the darkroom.)

I was ecstatic to hear that I could get the job done at FedEx. However, upon arrival I was told that they would not be able to do it because they are a "family-oriented business". The associate also told me that I would have a difficult time scanning anywhere else of the like (OfficeMax, Office Depot, Wal-Mart, etc.) and told me his best suggestion would be to find somewhere that I could be more discreet about it (where I would be doing the scanning myself), but I don't even know what, if any, consequences there would be if I were to get caught.

Without the option of buying my own scanner at the moment, I find myself stuck. I am not sure what else to do or where else to try, and while I understand the issue, I can't help but feel incredibly frustrated.

Has anyone else dealt with a similar situation before? Is this something that I'll encounter with developing and scanning film as well? Any suggestions...?

It's been a while...

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 7, 2014, 8:05 PM

I feel like I say this every time I submit a journal on here, but boy is life crazy. Maybe it's because I hardly update my journals, but I feel like this has honestly been the busiest, craziest, most exciting time of my life.

While I've had my share of things that aren't as fun to dwell on happen in the recent past, I've had a few small triumphs as well. I've had three things on my list this year. THE list, that is. My first was to be accepted into a doctoral program, the second was to at least make it into the annual juried art exhibition at my college, and the third was to make it into Psi Chi (The International Honor Society in Psychology).

Well, four months into 2014, I can say this about that list...
1. I am on the wait-list for the program I applied for (not what I wanted, but also a pleasant surprise and not a flat out denial).
2. I placed 4th out of 116 pieces (I only know that because I helped curate the show from the beginning to the very end of that day)! That was something I was totally not expecting, and it nearly brought me to (happy) tears to hear my photography professor announce that my name and my piece ("Continuum"). (Fun fact: I got a little upset after all of the honorable mentions were named because I thought that was the best I would come out with.) 
3. Last Tuesday, I was inducted into Psi Chi after being denied initially and then was reconsidered by the department who delivered a unanimous "Absolutely!" when asked if I should be inducted.

Despite of everything else that has happened, I'm really pleased overall with how things are right now. Graduation is coming up in May, and before that I get to take my first study abroad trip (a cruise)! I'm so ready for the semester to end, but I'm not sure about life after graduation. I am excited to move on to the next phase of my life, but I'm a bit anxious too.

I have ideas of what I could/want to do next, but I've also discovered that I don't want to completely let go of photography. I always saw myself as a hobbyist with a sort of photojournalistic focus, but now I really want to continue working in a studio with installations and models with film (35mm and beyond if I can) and continue to work in the darkroom. That in itself is a struggle given my limited resources (space and money), but I really want to try and network sometime with people back home to see if I could find someone to mentor me possibly. 

It's just weird, wanting a serious career in psychology, but also having this newer desire to make art pulling me in another direction. I don't want to sacrifice either one, and finding that balance is going to be one of the next (of many) challenges life throws at me. 

  • Mood: Hope
  • Listening to: Ellie Goulding
  • Reading: Intercourse by Andrea Dworkin (sort of )
  • Drinking: Water


Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United States
Amateur photographer :camera: , graduate student, & music junkie :music:

I prefer shooting 35mm film and have just started to feel like I am producing halfway decent pieces. I'm hoping to get more into digital photography eventually, but it's difficult to do so without anything other than point & shoot cameras. :shrug:

I love to chat, so if you have any constructive criticism to offer or if you'd just like to say "hello", feel free!

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salman-khan Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Let this new year of your life be special, full of precious moments, bright emotions, full of happiness and joy!
Let Love follow your footsteps everywhere you go!!!
Wish you a very Happy Birthday Hug
AutumnMayhem2010 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for the kind wishes! :glomp:
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Happy birthday!
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Thank you! :glomp:
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Hi ^^;
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Thanks for the watch :hug:
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